Route: Traveled from 1200ft to 3700ft on Manitoba
Sunny with mild temps in the 20s F and moderate winds in the morning. Clouds moving in around
14:30 and gusty winds from the E picked up. Observed blowing snow from ridges. (see photos)
Signs of Instability:
Recent Avalanches: None Observed
Cracking: None Observed
Collapsing: Some small collapses in the flats around 2200ft
1200ft to 2000ft: Thin rain crust over soft, dry snow from the previous couple days.
2000ft to 3700ft: Soft new snow, some places had a thin, breakable wind crust.
Dug a pit at 2400ft on a WSW aspect (See Photo)
There is 40cm of recent storm snow from F to 4F hardness sitting on top of a 7cm weak layer of F hard
facets mixed with surface hoar. This is a layer of concern and is sitting on the stout January melt freeze crust.
The wind was beginning to affect the surface snow, loading in places, creating scoured locations and